Janice Thomson Larson, 78

--obit-larsOnJanice Thomson Larson, 78, of Maiden Rock, Wis. died on Dec. 22, 2013 due to pulmonary failure.

Janice was born in Cresco, Iowa. She was the daughter of Jean and Marie Thomson and the sister of James Thomson. Janice graduated from Cresco High School and went on to study Art History at Carleton College. In 1956, she married Roger E. Larson.  Janice worked at home as mother to three children and as administrative assistant for Roger’s architecture business in Carmel, Calif. She and Roger later lived in Port Ludlow, Wash. and then Maiden Rock.

Janice’s lifelong love of the visual arts was invigorated by travels abroad and around the country, as well as by her surroundings in coastal California. She resumed her studies in the arts at the Carmel Art Institute under the instruction of John Cunningham, where she developed her skills and flourished as a painter. Janice was a mother and an inspiration to more than her own children. People were drawn to her warmth and to her genuine appreciation of people, places, good food and the arts.

Janice is survived by her children, Dana, Kari and Maria; daughter-in-law, Lisa; son-in-law, David; brother, Jim; sister-in-law, Carol; brother-in-law, Paul; and cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces.  Arrangements were made with Bakken-Young Funeral and Cremation Services in Maiden Rock, Wis.

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